Thaddeus Charles Young (born June 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Georgia Tech. He is 6 feet 8 inches (203 cm) tall and weighs 221 pounds (100 kg) and plays the power forward position.
Young was drafted 12th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, and later signed with the team on July 11, 2007. Young is one of the few players along with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James to average 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 49% field goals, and 30% 3 point field goals over the course of 800 games.
Young was born to Lula Hall and Felton Young in New Orleans, Louisiana. His family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when Young was in fourth grade. His father played basketball for Jacksonville University from 1976 to 1978, and was selected by the Buffalo Braves in the 8th round of the 1978 NBA draft.
High school career
Young began playing varsity basketball in the eighth grade, and while attending Mitchell High School, he rose to the top of the high school player rungs. His athletic honors included being named to the all-state team three times, being named the TSSAA Class AA "Mr. Basketball" in 2005, being named the 2006 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year and being named to the McDonald's High School All-American Team. In 2006, he led Mitchell's basketball team to the TSSAA Class AA finals against Liberty Technology Magnet High School. As a senior, he averaged 26.9 points, 13.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.3 steals and 3.6 blocks per game. He was an excellent overall athlete at Mitchell who also excelled in cross country in his junior year. Young was an exceptional student at Mitchell who graduated with a 4.3 GPA. Coming out of high school Young was one of the most prized recruits of the 2006 freshman class.
Young at Georgia Tech in December 2006
Young was the youngest member of Georgia Tech's 2006 freshman class. Young finished his freshman season with averages of 14.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. He shot a solid 47.8% from the field and an above average 41.9% from the three-point line.
Former Youth Teams
Former Senior Teams
Former Club Staff